Lieutenant Govenor position may be gaining momentum in Arizona

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January 28, 2010

PHOENIX, Arizona: The state of Arizona does not hold a title of Lieutenant Governor, and that is something Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett wants to change. When Democratic Governor Janet Napolitano left the office and was replaced by Republican Governor Jan Brewer, there was an obvious switch in policies. According to Bennett, the abrupt switch in policies is too confusing to voters: “When the people of Arizona elected Janet Napolitano as governor, I think they legitimately wanted her policies to continue for the next four years.”

Therefore, Bennett, a Democrat, believes that changing the title of Secretary of State to Lieutenant Governor would alleviate that confusion. If a governor were to leave during a term, the Lieutenant Governor would step in to continue the same policies, since Bennett would also like to see each governor run as a ticket, much like the positions of President and Vice-President of the United States. Bennett also stated: “If we rename the position of secretary of state as lieutenant governor, it would probably help a few more voters understand that that is the position that takes over if the governor is to leave.”[1]

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